Who doesn't crave a wonderful, decadent dessert, especially after dinner? The name itself comes from the French word "desservir," which in English means "to clear away," in this case, the food from dinner table. And depending on where you are in the world that could mean a variety of after-dinner sweet treats. In China, it might contain sweet red beans or jujubes. In Mexico, flan could be on the menu.
Some of the most popular desserts in the United States came from other countries but reached icon status in the U.S. Case in point: There's nothing "as American as apple pie," although the pastry actually hails from Europe.